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English Dictionary: length by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
length
n
  1. the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place; "the length of the table was 5 feet"
  2. continuance in time; "the ceremony was of short duration"; "he complained about the length of time required"
    Synonym(s): duration, length
  3. the property of being the extent of something from beginning to end; "the editor limited the length of my article to 500 words"
  4. size of the gap between two places; "the distance from New York to Chicago"; "he determined the length of the shortest line segment joining the two points"
    Synonym(s): distance, length
  5. a section of something that is long and narrow; "a length of timber"; "a length of tubing"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Length \Length\ (l[ecr]ngth), n. [OE. lengthe, AS. leng[edh],
      fr. lang, long, long; akin to D. lengte, Dan. l[91]ngde, Sw.
      l[84]ngd, Icel. lengd. See {Long}, a. ]
      1. The longest, or longer, dimension of any object, in
            distinction from breadth or width; extent of anything from
            end to end; the longest line which can be drawn through a
            body, parallel to its sides; as, the length of a church,
            or of a ship; the length of a rope or line.
  
      2. A portion of space or of time considered as measured by
            its length; -- often in the plural.
  
                     Large lengths of seas and shores.      --Shak.
  
                     The future but a length behind the past. --Dryden.
  
      3. The quality or state of being long, in space or time;
            extent; duration; as, some sea birds are remarkable for
            the length of their wings; he was tired by the length of
            the sermon, and the length of his walk.
  
      4. A single piece or subdivision of a series, or of a number
            of long pieces which may be connected together; as, a
            length of pipe; a length of fence.
  
      5. Detail or amplification; unfolding; continuance as, to
            pursue a subject to a great length.
  
                     May Heaven, great monarch, still augment your bliss
                     With length of days, and every day like this.
                                                                              --Dryden.
  
      6. Distance.[Obs.]
  
                     He had marched to the length of Exeter. --Clarendon.
  
      {At length}.
            (a) At or in the full extent; without abbreviation; as,
                  let the name be inserted at length.
            (b) At the end or conclusion; after a long period. See
                  Syn. of At last, under {Last}.
  
      {At arm's length}. See under {Arm}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Length \Length\, v. t.
      To lengthen. [Obs.] --Shak.
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